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Saga of the Phoenix
Chinese: 阿修羅 "Taste my green gas of death!"
Yuen Biao
Year: 1990
Director: Nam Lai-Choi
Cast: Yuen Biao, Gloria Yip Wan-Yi, Loletta Lee Lai-Chun, Shintaro Katsu, Hiroshi Abe, Ngai Suet
The Skinny: Sequel to the enjoyable Peacock King recycles characters from the original but gives little else. And, the "cute" creature thrown in for the kiddies may induce vomiting and/or rioting.
 
Review
by Kozo:

The sequel to 1987's Peacock King. Yuen Biao reprises his role as Peacock, designated guardian from the minions of Hell. Heís assigned to watch over Ashura (Gloria Yip), who was the cute-as-a-button daughter of Hell that was prophesied to bring about Armageddon. The forces of good wish to imprison her, but sheís such a sweet girl that they give her a week to play around, with Peacock and brother Lucky Fruit (Hiroshi Abe, replacing Hiroshi Mikami from Peacock King ) as her guardians.

Sadly, Hellís Concubine decides to stir things up and tries to repeatedly kidnap Ashura. She fails initially, but freezes Peacock in a block of ice. After that itís all downhill. Nevermind that no one seems to care that Peacock is missing - the film takes a massive turn and tells the story of Ashuraís new friendship with a wacky inventor and his free-spirit sister (Loletta Lee). Lucky Fruit hangs around, which leads to the blossoming of a romance with the sister.

As if that werenít wacky enough, the filmmakers go the Ewok route and introduce Genie, a flatulent muppet that attempts to steal the show but only succeeds in annoying the piss out of anyone watching. The antics are unbearable, but eventually they take a turn for the worse when Hellís Concubine possesses Genie and tries to use him against Ashura. The pain that registers watching the little mutant attempt cuteness is beyond belief - itís like watching Salacious Crumb dance for our amusement. By the time Peacock returns to set things straight, the damage has been done. All told, the film is passable in spurts - if you cut out the little muppet then the film would improve considerably. Sadly, itíd also be 25 minutes long. (Kozo 1998)

 
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Joy Sales
16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 2.0
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles
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